Development history[ edit ] InThomas Niles, the publisher of Louisa May Alcott, recommended that she write a book about girls that would have widespread appeal. Niles pressed her to write the girls' book first, and he was aided by her father Amos Bronson Alcottwho also urged her to do so. I said I'd try. But Niles' niece Lillie Almy read them and said she enjoyed them.
When Josephine March was young, she played a vital part in teaching her mother, Mrs. Marcha lesson.
Meg and Jo were sick, and Jo, in particular, was getting to be far too troublesome for her mother. March gently taught her that fathers should have a share in their children as well as mothers, and all was well. She was a brave, determined, and an independent young lady.
Jo was a reckless, daring child. She often wished she 'had been a boy', and as consolation enjoyed whistling, using slang and ruffling up her clothes which were a great trial to her, especially when she grew old enough to wear long skirts - all symbols of masculinity in the period.
Jo loved to read, and would spend hours doing so, reading books such as The Heir of Redclyffe, over which she ate apples and cried. The attic was a favorite haunt of hers. The tin kitchen, which was inhabited by many manuscripts, books, and rats who nibbled her pages and tasted her pencilswas also a desk where she could be found at when in a 'vortex'.
Jo had a 'scribbling suit', which consisted of a large black pinafore to absorb ink stains, and a small black cap with a gay feather. Girlhood Jo was the second oldest daughter of the March Family. In the beginning of 'Little Women' the family is experiencing temporary financial difficulties during the American Civil War.
The family's father is acting in the army as a pastor and the older sisters are forced to work to make some extra money to support the family. Joe has to assist her rich elderly great-aunt - Aunt March. When her father falls ill, Jo rather sells her hair, her 'only pride', than to beg her aunt for money for her mother's ticket to Washington, so she could go visit her husband.
The sisters made good friends with their neighbor, Laurie. Laurie sometimes called her "my fellow". While Laurie studies at the collage, Jo keeps working on her writing. Sensing his feelings, Jo confides in her mother, telling her that she loves Laurie but as she would love a brother and that she could not love him romantically.
Laurie proposes marriage to her and she turns him down. Jo decides she needs a break, and spends six months with a friend of her mother in New York City, serving as governess for her two children.
The family runs a boarding house. She takes German lessons with Professor Bhaer, who lives in the house They soon become good friends. For extra money, Jo writes stories without a moral, which disappoints him.
On her invitation, Professor Bhaer arrives at the Marches' and stays for two weeks.Little Women is the story of March girls - Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy and spans from their teens to adulthood, matrimony and motherhood.
Modeled after her family, Alcott weaves a charming story with a truthful and accurate account of /5. Little Women is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott (–), which was originally published in two volumes in and Alcott wrote the books over several months at the request of her publisher.
Following the lives of the four March sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy—the novel details their passage from childhood to womanhood and Publication date: (1st volume), (2nd volume). Little Women is one of the best loved books of all time.
Lovely Meg, talented Jo, frail Beth, spoiled Amy: these are hard lessons of poverty and of growing up in New England during the Civil War. Lovely Meg, talented Jo, frail Beth, spoiled Amy: these are hard lessons of poverty and of growing up in New England during the Civil War/5(K). Plot Overview.
Alcott prefaces Little Women with an excerpt from John Bunyan’s seventeenth-century work The Pilgrim’s Progress, an allegorical novel about leading a Christian life. Alcott’s story begins with the four March girls—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy—sitting in their living room, lamenting their poverty.
As LITTLE WOMEN opens, He suggests she is capable of more refined writing. After he leaves, Jo ponders whether her writing was BETTER years before, back home in Concord, Massachusetts.
Reminiscing on those days, we venture back to the March family attic of two years previous. Back home, after the ball, Amy and Jo have a little. Jo also writes the first part of Little Women during the second portion of the novel. According to Elbert, "her narration signals a successfully completed adolescence".
According to Elbert, "her narration signals a successfully completed adolescence".